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Outback Steak House

Outback steakhouse was founded in 1988 with a chain stretching across Florida, an Australian steakhouse concept offering a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood and pasta along side of course Steaks and beef.

This is one of a chain run by a company which extends to some of the better most popular eateries and so standards are maintained to a generally high standard.

We visited the one at Formosa gardens 7804 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy.

We did have a short wait but nothing unusual as it is usually busy but our table was soon ready and the service was excellent. The atmosphere is good and it is a great place for families.

Small loaves of a brown bread and butter are brought to the tables. It is hot and and has a sweet taste to it. Order more if you like.

The menu is varied and they also offer lots of specials, one of which is there signature dish called Bloomin onion which is a large onion coated in a light batter then presented on a plate and cut so that it looks like a blooming flower, quite pretty and really nice to share.

The bushman shrooms are also nice (lightly battered and fried mushrooms) served with spicy ranch dressing, as are the Aussie cheese fries but just make sure you do not overdo it otherwise you might struggle with the main courses. The portions are large as they are in most places.

Other appetizers are also available like Darling Point Crab Cakes, Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie, Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp, they are large and absolutely delicious, and a couple of soups. Most of these are in the six to eight dollar price range. Soups are three and four dollars if they don't come with your particular dinner. But watch as most of the steaks come with a cup of soup or salad of your choice.

For our main course we went for the steak, fillet for me with melted bleu cheese which was really nice and my other half chose the porterhouse which he really enjoyed.

Unfortunately no room for desert this time but they did look delicious.

I did say this was a good place for the family. My children have outgrown the kids menu but there is something for younger ones under ten. They have what they call the Joey Menu for $3.99 and $4.99 prices they have a Joey Sirloin, Junior Ribs, Maca A Roo'N Cheese, a burger, and boomerang cheese burger. These dishes come with a drink included too.

In my opinion it is well worth a visit.

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